DRACULA

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IT IS A COMPARATION BETWEEN BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA AND THE ORGINAL DRACULA, VLAD TEPES

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DRACULA

  1. 1. Dracula
  2. 2. Index <ul><li>Biography of Bram Stoker </li></ul><ul><li>Synopsis of the play </li></ul><ul><li>Differences between film and novel </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to the topic </li></ul><ul><li>The real story of Dracula </li></ul><ul><li>Differences between the real Dracula and Bram Stoker’s </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>Links and bibliography </li></ul>
  3. 3. 1. Biography of Bram Stoker <ul><li>Bram Stoker was an Irish novelist well-known for his gothic novel: Dracula. He was born on 8th of November of 1847 in Dublin and was the third child of Abraham Stoker and Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley. Stoker Spent several years researching European folklore and mythological stories of vampires to come up with a novel, which seems realistic, but in fact is completely fictional. </li></ul>
  4. 4. 2. Synopsis of the play <ul><li>Jonathan Harker is a young lawyer who travels to a castle lost in eastern Europe, where was captured by Count Dracula. Before becoming a vampire, Count Dracula was a prince, who after learning of the death of his fiancé, sold his soul to the devil. Four centuries later inspired by a photograph of Harker's fiancé, Mina, will believe in the reincarnation of his lost love and will travel to London. Back in England, the count began its attempt to conquer and reign of seduction and terror, sucking the life from Mina's best friend, Lucy. </li></ul>
  5. 5. 3. Differences between film and novel <ul><li>Mina is the reincarnation of Elisabetha, and therefore falls in love with Count Dracula. In the novel, she despises him because he is the monster that is terrorizing her life. </li></ul><ul><li>Mina does not seduce Van Helsing while attempting to drink his blood in the novel. </li></ul><ul><li>Mina is involved in killing Dracula. </li></ul><ul><li>Numerous minor characters like Lucy’s mother and Arthur’s father are omitted </li></ul><ul><li>The film adds an overall more sexual tone to the story, whereas the book, at most, mildly implied sexual situations. </li></ul><ul><li>Lucy is not raped by Dracula in “Werewolf Form” in the novel. </li></ul>
  6. 6. 4. Introduction to the topic <ul><li> Today we are going to talk about the authentic Dracula and its main characteristics and how many of this treats did Bram Stoker used in his novel. The goal is to find out if Bram Stoker was inspired or not by the real story of Dracula. </li></ul><ul><li> The story of Count Dracula is known all over the world, but in different versions, because of its fictional characteristic. </li></ul><ul><li> We have chosen this topic because we thought it would be more interesting to get to know better the source of all vampires myths and their characteristics. </li></ul>
  7. 7. 5. The real story of Dracula <ul><li> Vlad III Dracula, or Vlad Tepes, was the prince of Wallachia in the 15th century. In those times the Wallachian politics were very bloody and assassination was a common way of eliminating rivals. </li></ul><ul><li> Vlad Dracula arrived on the Wallachian throne with the support of the Turks, but, as the Turks wanted to dominate his country, he started an military exploits against them. </li></ul><ul><li> He was well known for his atrocities and cruelty. Impalement was Dracula's preferred method of torture and execution. He usually had a horse attached to each of the victim's legs an a sharpened stake was gradually forced into their body. The end of the stake was usually oiled and care was taken that the stake not be too sharp, or else the victim might die too rapidly from shock. Normally the stake was inserted into the body through the buttocks and was often forced through the body until it emerged from the mouth. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Death by impalement was slow and painful. Victims sometimes endured for hours or days. Dracula often had the stakes arranged in various geometric patterns. The most common pattern was a ring of concentric circles in the outskirts of a city that was his target. </li></ul><ul><li>But impalement wasn’t his only mean of torture, he also employed methods like: nails in heads, cutting off of limbs, blinding, strangulation, burning, cutting off of noses and ears, mutilation of sexual organs (especially in the case of women), scalping, skinning, exposure to the elements or to wild animals and boiling alive. </li></ul><ul><li>His victims were man, but woman and children too, no matter their financial situation. </li></ul>
  9. 9. 6. Similarities between the real Dracula and Bram Stoker’s <ul><li>Similarities: </li></ul><ul><li>The fictional Dracula and the historical Dracula share the same name so there is no doubt that Bram Stoker based his character upon some reference to Vlad Dracula. </li></ul><ul><li>Bram Stoker’s Dracula was fighting the Turks before becoming an vampire, such as the real Dracula did during his life. </li></ul><ul><li>the physical description of Dracula is very similar to the traditional image of Vlad Tepes. </li></ul><ul><li>the driving of a stake through the vampire’s heart may be related to Vlad’s use of impalement. </li></ul><ul><li>Dracula’s fear of holy objects may relate to Vlad’s renunciation of the Orthodox Church. </li></ul><ul><li>Vlad the Impeller was Transylvanian, as is Stoker's character. </li></ul><ul><li>Vlad the Impeller lived in a castle, which is also known as castle Dracula, just as Bram stoker’s does. </li></ul><ul><li>Van Helsing explains that another way to insure a vampire will not return is to cut off its head.  Vlad the Impeller was rumored to have been decapitated. </li></ul><ul><li>film - bram stoker's dracula 1 parte.avi </li></ul>
  10. 10. 7. Conclusions <ul><li>In conclusion we can say that Bram Stoker was certainly inspired by Vlad Dracula because his story shows a lot of elements that are related to him or that are symbols of his life or actions. </li></ul><ul><li> Although Bram Stoker may have not known the full story of the Wallachian prince, as some things are still a mystery, he was surely aware of his past existence and all the atrocities he committed. </li></ul>
  11. 11. 8. Links and bibliography <ul><li>http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bram_Stoker </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.kesselofski-and-fiske.nu/pedagogiska_uppgifter/dracula_synopsis.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracula </li></ul>

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